By Retha Colclasure, Assistant News Director - email
Crime is up in western North Dakota, and nearly every law enforcement agency in the area is now responding to more calls than ever before. Earlier this year, the legislature approved $16.6 million to help those agencies buy the equipment and fund their operations to respond to those calls. Now, those agencies are making their pitches for their piece of the pie.
Fifty-six different entities have put in requests totaling nearly $11 million.
"We need some of everything," says Williams County Sheriff Scott Busching.
is no stranger to the toll the oil boom is taking on agencies. He wants
more than $950,000 of grant money, to which Williams County will add
another $300,000, to fund the biggest needs.
are kind of a priority for us. Our roads are so rough on them, they
don't last like they used to. We're putting tens of thousands of miles
on vehicles we normally wouldn't," says Busching.
He also wants money for a pricey new radio system that won't leave dead spots in the county.
"There were places in Williams County that didn't have full radio
coverage, and it wasn't that big of a deal before the boom because there
was nobody was there. We took very few calls, and when we did, we just
sort of winged it. That's not the case anymore," says Busching.
The biggest funding requests are coming from areas hardest hit by the boom. But even those on the outskirts of the oil activity are seeing an impact, and are hoping for some relief.
"We are set right on the Highway 85 corridor. The traffic has
picked up. Residual on the way. We've definitely seen an impact," says Charles
Headley is the chief of a three-person department that's about to add another officer.
"Our main objective is patrol units. We're asking for two vehicles. Also need computers and body armor for officers," says Headley.
requests total just $87,000 of grant money, but every
request is being heard by one of three committees, which will then all
meet and make a recommendation to Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.
Even though there is less money being requested than what is ultimately
available, Stenehjem says they're still looking at the requests to make
sure they are actually what is needed.
"Part of what I
want to encourage is a regional approach to law enforcement efforts so
it's not one county, one city looking at what it is they need but to be
looking at things on kind of a regional basis so we're all working
together," says Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.
Busching, who is also part of the committee, says he's seeing a lot of that go on already.
Stenehjem says there will be money left over after this round of grants, so he anticipates a second round being held either later this year, or early next year.
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The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks. Fargo Oak Groves defeated Rugby 68 to 58 in overtime fashion. North Star defeated the Lions from Linton-HMB 60 to 49 in the
The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks.
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The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points. Followed by Minot with 323 points. North Fargo took home 3rd place overall at 297 points. West
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points.
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The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set. On the girls side Bismarck High won the tournament with a 64 to 61 win over Century. Both
The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set.
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NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota! If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them.
NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota! If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them. Me-TV North Dakota will also play a replay on the Evening and Night Report at 11:30pm Monday-Friday. As well as, local news and weather updates throughout the day.